Theater of War Productions
Join us for a six-event presentation of dramatic theatrical readings of ancient Greek plays that will spark conversations around public health and social issues such as gun violence, war, mental health, incarceration, the failure of the legal system and substance abuse.
Presented by Theater of War Productions and The Greene Space at WNYC these free monthly readings will take place from January to June 2018 and feature notable film, theater and television actors including Paul Giamatti, Frances McDormand, Amy Ryan, Reg E. Cathey, David Strathairn, Daphne Rubin Vega, Kathryn Erbe, Zach Grenier and Brooklyn City Council Member Jumaane Williams.
These projects are led by artistic director Bryan Doerries, now in his second year as New York City Public Artist in Residence with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Veterans' Services. During this two-year residency, he will bring more than 60 such productions to diverse communities across all five boroughs.
Theater of War Productions is a social-impact company that uses a combination of theater and guided public dialogue to help communities address pressing public health and social issues.
Schedule and Tickets
All events are free, and take place at The Greene Space at WNYC at 44 Charlton Street.
Hercules in Manhattan
Thursday, February 15 at 7pm
Join us for a dramatic theatrical reading of Euripides' Madness of Hercules, an ancient Greek tragedy about a gruesome act of violence committed by an angry man with an invincible weapon. A conversation about gun violence will follow the performance.
The Tecmessa Project
Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm
Join us for a dramatic theatrical reading of Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The story centers on Tecmessa, wife of the warrior Ajax, and highlights the enduring impact of war on the home front. A conversation about the challenges faced by military families will follow the performance.
The Dionysus Project
Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm
Join us for a dramatic theatrical reading of Euripides’ Bacchae, a play about the arrival of Dionysus, the Classical Greek god of intoxication and ecstasy. A conversation about the opioid crisis and the impact of substance abuse and addiction on individuals, families and communities will follow the performance.
Theater of Law
Thursday, May 3 at 7pm
Join us for a dramatic theatrical reading of Aeschylus’ Eumenides, a play that describes the first murder trial in the western world. A conversation about the failure of the American legal system will follow the performance.
Prometheus in Prison
Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm
Join us for a dramatic theatrical reading of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, a play that sheds light on the challenges faced by people who have been incarcerated, on probation or on parole, or who have worked in correctional settings. A conversation about the lasting impact of incarceration on individuals, families and communities will follow the performance.